Ethics and the Consequences of Our Actions

Kent Chemical Laboratory, Room 107

Some people think that we are morally obligated to do whatever produces the best outcome; other people think that there are some things that we must not do, regardless of the outcome. This dispute lies at the heart of ethical, social, and legal thought and practice. This talk will argue that both parties in this dispute accept a false idea about actions and their outcomes, and that once this idea is cleared away we can resolve the dispute.